It’s impossible to travel anywhere in the world without noticing the difference in carpentry styles. You can see something exciting wherever you go—from old temples in Japan to cramped wooden schoolhouses in the United States.

At Steve Allen Construction, we have an appreciation for and expertise in finish carpentry. We’ve studied the different forms of carpentry all over the world. Keep reading to find out more about global carpentry styles.

Carpentry Styles In Japan

Japanese Carpentry Style Teahouse Interior

Japanese carpentry is distinguished by its advanced joinery and finely-planed wood surfaces. In Japan, there are four distinct carpentry schools: miyadaiku (shrines and temples), sukiya-daiku (teahouses and residential projects), sashimono-shi (furniture makers) and tateguya (interior finishing). The most common tools used by Japanese carpenters include the saw, plane, chisel, gimlet, inkpot, axe and adze, and hammer and bamboo pen. Some of the world’s longest-surviving wooden structures can be found in Japan, such as the Horyuji Temple in Ikaruga, Nara Prefecture, Japan.

Carpentry Styles In The United Kingdom

In Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the word carpentry refers to the act of first fixing timber items. This fixing involves the construction of roofs, floors and timber frame buildings – in other words, all parts normally hidden in a finished building. Carpenters in the U.K. may also construct formwork into which concrete is poured for roads and highway overpasses, a process called shuttering. Greensted Church, the oldest wooden building in Essex, England, is an excellent representative of British carpentry style.

Carpentry Styles In The United States

The term carpentry in the United States typically signifies a heavier and stronger work distinguished from joinery. Historically, the terms housewright and barnwright were used instead. In some places of the country, carpenters who work with traditional methods and materials still use these titles. For an illustration of American carpentry, consider the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse in St. Augustine, Florida.

Carpentry Styles in Scandinavia

During the Viking Age, wood was used in the construction of almost everything, including barns, ships, homes and all sorts of buildings. Scandinavian woodworking tool sets, called Mästermyr, feature items such as axes and adzes, saws, augers, draw knives and moulding irons, gauges and chisels and files and rasps. For an example of Scandinavian wooden architecture, check out the Borgund Stave Church in Borgund, Lærdal, Norway.

Carpentry Styles In Spain

Spain Carpentry Style Architecture

Spain’s historical and geographical diversity makes its carpentry style a difficult one to define. Naturally, it draws from all kinds of influences. Although there is no quintessentially “Spanish” architecture, the most iconic buildings feature curves and arches, painted tiles, wooden doors and gates with iron details and courtyards and patios. Because of their artistic relevance, several architectural sites and even cities in Spain have been designated as UNESCO Word Heritage Sites. To get a sense of Spanish carpentry, you should see the interior of the Palau Güell in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

You don’t have to travel far to see stunning examples of carpentry. No matter where in the world you go, you’re sure to find something worth your admiration. From Japan to the United States, carpentry is everywhere.

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